Rain forces Nationwide race in Iowa to Sunday
June 08, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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NEWTON, Iowa -- The DuPont Pioneer 250 scheduled for Saturday night at Iowa Speedway has been postponed until Sunday morning due to inclement weather. The standalone NASCAR Nationwide Series race is now set for 11 a.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN2.
Early-day drizzles turned into a full-fledged shower just after driver introductions Saturday evening, which were moved up 15 minutes in an attempt to get the race going before the bad weather came. The green flag was scheduled to drop at 8 p.m. ET.
The first bout of rain lasted for approximately 30 minutes; the jet dryers turned onto the track at 8:19 p.m. ET after the storm passed. NASCAR officials said it would take approximately 90 minutes to dry the .875-mile oval.
Officials had the track in good shape and we focused on spots along the high wall, and were starting in on pit road, when a brief-but-powerful pop-up shower at 9:45 p.m. ET derailed the track-drying efforts. Radar devices showed rain was still expected later in the night.
“There comes a point in the evening where it is simply not feasible to wait any longer,” Iowa Speedway Director of Communication Craig Armstrong said in making the announcement. “All the gains we made on the race track (became) voided.”
The start of the Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on May 4 was delayed due to rain, but it’s the first time this season a race has been postponed.
When the green flag does drop Sunday morning, Austin Dillon will be on the pole. Driving the No. 3 Chevrolet, Dillon blitzed has way to the front of the field during qualifying Saturday afternoon with a speed of 136.737 mph. It was the third consecutive pole for the Richard Childress Racing driver.
Joey Logano, the lone NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular in the field, will now miss out on the race at Iowa. He’ll fly to Pennsylvania to take part in the Party in the Poconos 400 Presented by Walmart at 1 p.m. ET. Logano said in a television interview that Ryan Blaney would take his seat in the No. 22 Ford of Penske Racing.